Posted on: October 6, 2009 6:30 am

Team USA and the Double Standard

There has been a long standing debate as to whether professional teams should allow their players to compete internationally for their country of origin. However, this has led to a double standard of sorts. For example, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has denied his star player, Dirk Nowitzki, from playing for his home country of Germany. Which, to Germany, would be the equivalent of an NBA owner not allowing a LeBron James or a Kobe Bryant to play for Team USA. Could you imagine the public outcry, and subsequent media blasting if the Cleveland Cavaliers, or the Los Angeles Lakers decided not to allow LeBron James or Kobe Bryant to compete for their country as a part of Team USA? It is for this reason that the Lakers nor the Cavaliers would even dream of not allowing Lebron or Kobe to play for their country, however, Mark Cuban can stop Noitzki from playing for Germany and get virtually no criticism. Now I'm by no means saying that Dirk Nowitzki is as good as Lebron James or Kobe Bryant, however, all three would be considered the best at their sport from their own respective country. Now LeBron and Kobe do have the advantage of playing professionally in their country of origin, which is in itself the heart of this issue. Just because a player does not play professionally in their country of origin, should they not then be allowed to participate in what some consider to be the greatest honor of all, that is, to represent your country on a global stage? Just food for thought...
Posted on: September 30, 2009 10:27 am

A Moral Delimma

Now, this story is slightly outdated as it came and went a few months ago, however it crossed my mind for reasons that I do not know. Dante Stallworth, wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns, recently was sentenced to 30 days in jail (as well as a monetary settlement with the family) for his drunkenly hitting a man with his car as he was driving home. I have heard many complaints about this because of the fact that his sentence was so short, for what is seen as a highly egregious act. Now I am by no means condoning his actions, however, Stallworth's sentence was what it was because that is what the family of the victim wanted. Now, had he not been in such a financial state to where he would be able to monetarily support the family of the victim would the situation have been handled differently, absolutely, but that is the country we live in. In a country where everything we do is based on who we are, what we do, and how much we make, why not allow those who have done well for themselves to pay the price for their actions monetarily. Now I'm not saying that this price should be cheap, Stallworth has to (or should have to, I'm not exactly sure of the terms of his agreement with the family) support this family for the rest of there lives. Should he fall short being able to do that, then send him to jail, but until then, why not? 

Having said this I do want to explain that had it been me that was in the victim's family, I would personally want Stallworth prosecuted to the full extent of the law, however, I am not in the victim's family and thus, my argument stands.
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